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A twenty-something cooking in a poky kitchen in Elephant & Castle.

I recently quit my job in law to pursue journalism, which was obviously a great idea at the start of a cost-of-living crisis. But I love to eat well, and for me that means seasonally, wastelessly and creatively. 

So to challenge myself and make the pennies stretch, I'm picking one Market Star at a time from the many bounteous markets around London. I  create a handful of recipes based on that ingredient, using mostly store-cupboard or back-of-the-fridge ingredients to zhuzh them up. If the Market Star is produce, I'll make sure it's seasonal. If it's not, I'll pair it with something seasonal.

Shortlisted for the Guild of Food Writers Newcomers Award 2023.

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Cherry Curd Bakewell Tart

A crumbly sweet shortcrust shell with almond paste and a thick layer of cherry curd, topped with fresh cherries and toasted almonds......

Kebab b'il Karaz

Onto Aleppo, for an inauthentic take on Kebab b'il Karaz, or lamb kofte in a mouth-puckering cherry sauce. It’s supposed to be made with...

Cheesy asparagus galette

What do you do when you’re short on funds, squiffy after a prosecco-soaked bank holiday picnic, and sitting in Greenwich when you’ve got...

Pickled Rhubarb

A perky accompaniment to smoked mackerel, cheese, or tossed with rocket as a side salad. Make a jar of this and then pickle yourself with...

Pickled Rhubarb Martini

A mouth-puckering, blush-pink cocktail to start the weekend right, using the Pickled Rhubarb. To make the pickled rhubarb gin, add two...

Wild Garlic Babka

Remember the babka phase of the pandemic, where every restaurant seemed to be doing home babka kits and food blogs were full of...

White Cabbage Potstickers

I have a terrible habit of ordering gyoza in, especially when hungover. There's a wonderful place in Elephant & Castle that does pork...

Blood Orange & Almond Cake

Oof this was tasty, and a doddle to whip up. Glazed with a pastel pink blood orange icing and candied slices, it’s fit for a Sunday...

Ginger and Cranberry Gammon

This was a Christmas party job, and it made the house smell divine. I'd hoped for leftovers, but what I did get was a large quantity of...

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